BMC chief confirms Mumbai has enough oxygen now

Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has decided to vaccinate all the people in the state aged 18-45 free of cost, a minister said on Sunday.

Spelling breathing relief, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation on Sunday announced that it has sufficient stocks of oxygen to tackle the ongoing Covid-19 requirements in the country’s commercial capital – the worst-hit in the country in terms of deaths.

“All issues relative oxygn supplies under the BMC stands resolved now. Supply situation is normal,” BMC Municipal Commissioner I.S. Chahal said, but did not give details.

This comes a day after the BMC said it would set up 16 oxygen plants in 12 Mumbai hospitals which would produce around 43 tonnes of the life-saving air per day from the atmospheric air.

In another related development, a Western Railway train with 3 oxygen tankers left Hapa in Gujarat for Kalamboli in Maharashtra carrying around 44 tonnes of liquid medial oxygen (LMO).

So far, the WR has carried 10 tankers with 150 tonnes of LMO by trains to Maharashtra from different parts of India, said its chief spokesperson Sumit Thakur.

Last week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had appealed to top industrialists in Maharashtra to set up oxygen plants in their factories and other premises and give the entire production to the state government to tackle the oxygen crisis.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has decided to vaccinate all the people in the state aged 18-45 free of cost, a minister said on Sunday.

The state will bear the cost of inoculation of all its people between the age group of 18-45, from the next phase which will start on May 1.

vaccine jabs

The ongoing vaccination drive and the plans ahead for the second phase were discussed at the weekly Cabinet meeting last week, said Nationalist Congress Party national spokesperson and Minorities Affairs Minister Nawab Malik.

Later, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar announced that the would float global tenders and vaccines would be purchased for the people of the state.

“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray would make an announcement in this regard soon,” he said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Informing the media on Sunday, Malik said that in the time of crisis the government would go out and help its people.

“As per the Deputy CM’s announcement, we will float tenders and get the best vaccine at the most competitive rates. We need to procure nearly 14 crore vaccine doses as two jabs are needed,” he said.

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